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Bachelor of Construction (Level 7)

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Level of Study

Bachelor's Degree


3 years

Next start date

Expected Jul 2024


Southern Institute of Technology


Study the Bachelor of Construction and get practical experience in construction practices, building services, construction methodologies and more. You can choose to major in Construction Management, Project Management or Quantity Surveying.

Please be advised that only Year 2 and Year 3 are offered for 2024. If you are a new learner, please apply for New Zealand Diploma in Construction (Quantity Surveying) (Level 6)

The Bachelor of Construction will prepare you for a career at any level in the construction industry.

You will learn and get practical experience in construction practices and technology, building services, health and safety management, construction methodologies and more. The student will have the opportunuty to do an industry project to gain practical experience.

Tailor your degree to your career goals by choosing one of three specialisations:

Construction Management
Project Management
Quantity Surveying

Please note that we may not be able to offer some strands every year. Please contact us for further details.

The Bachelor of Construction aims to develop graduates who have the intellectual rigour, skills and capability needed by construction professionals.

The qualification is aimed at secondary students who have achieved the requisite entrance qualifications, at recent certificate or diploma graduates (in Architectural Technology or Construction or Project Management or Quantity Surveying) wishing to undertake a degree programme of study, and at people working in the construction industry wishing to obtain a more senior position.

It will be of interest to building inspectors, building practitioners, construction managers, contract supervisors, project managers, and quantity surveyors.

Public and private sector organisations employing graduates will benefit from the knowledge and specialist skills that the graduates have acquired during their programme of study.

Career Opportunities:

Possible employers in the public sector include government departments, local authorities, and educational institutions.

Possible employers in the private sector include construction companies, consultancies, and infrastructure service companies. Graduates may also work in private practice.

After graduation (and further work experience in some cases) possible jobs include Building Estimator, Building Inspector, Construction Economist, Construction Manager, Contract Manager, Project Manager, Property Manager, Quantity Surveyor, Site Manager and Team Leader.

Satisfactory Completion

To be awarded the Bachelor of Construction students will have been credited with all required papers as specified in the programme schedule. The total credit value of the Bachelor of Construction is 360 credits. Graduates of the bachelors degree are entitled to use the letters BConstr after their names.

Entry criteria

Students will have achieved NCEA Level 3 and met New Zealand university entrance requirements including:

Three subjects at Level 3, each with a minimum of 14 credits from NZQA’s list of approved subjects (normally including a mathematics subject and a science or technology subject), and
Literacy - 10 credits at Level 2 or above, made up of 5 credits in reading and 5 credits in writing, and
Numeracy - 10 credits at Level 1 or above, or
Completed the New Zealand Diploma in Construction or equivalent

Mature Applicants (20 years of age and above)

Notwithstanding the above admission criteria, mature aged applicants who can show evidence of ability to succeed in the programmes may be considered for admission, provided they have successfully completed an approved course or programme, or have relevant industry experience, which is deemed to meet the required standard for entry.

English Language Requirements

IELTS test - Academic score of 6 with no band score lower than 5.5
TOEFL Paper based test (pBT) - Score of 550 (with an essay score 5 TWE)
TOEFL Internet based test (iBT) - Score of 60 (with a writing score of 18)
Cambridge English Examination -B2 First or B2 First for schools or C1 Advanced or C2 Proficiency with a score of 169. No less than 162 in each skill.
OET - Minimum of Grade C or 200 in all sub-tests
NZCEL - a) Expiring Level b) Current: a) Level 4 (Academic) b) Level 4 (Academic)
Pearson Test of English (Academic) - PTE (Academic) score of 50 with no band score lower than 42
Language Cert - C1 Expert International ESOL Written (LRW) PASS with no less than 25/50 in each skill and Spoken (S) PASS
Trinity ISE - ISE II with no less than distinction in any band

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